ZIMBABWE; a country where your song, poem or OPED costs you ‘citizenship’ -and it is death warrant you will have to sign///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//
Zimbabwean music artist Platinum Prince abducted Sunday along Chiremba Road, Harare. He was severely tortured only to be released on Monday. The abductors questioned him about his political song ‘Ndiyo here Mr President?’ – ‘Is that so Mr President?’
The musician recently released a track titled “NDIYO YACHO HERE MR PRESIDENT” which seems critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government’s handling of the country’s economy which is now in meltdown.
A source close to the developments said,
The men did not produce any warrant or give reasons for the abduction. The men just blocked the way of the car that the controversial musician was in and assaulted the driver who was trying to understand why they had blocked the road with their car in the process.
According to the source, the men then took the chanter and put him in a car boot and disappeared. He was assaulted and dumped along Chiremba Road early Monday morning.
This is not the first time that the musician has courted the ire of those in power. In 2015, he released another song titled “Ndeipe President” which was also highly critical of (then) President Robert Mugabe. At the time, the self-proclaimed “Ndururani” was warned that he needed to tone it down as his music was growing too political.
When I lived in Kenya many years ago; friends used to tell me: “In Kenya, it is illegal to even ‘imagine’ or dream about President Daniel arap Moi out of power.” I took all this with a pinch of salt; assuming it’s just one of those East African bad jokes.
Thinking about it; in hindsight – it was actually – possibly not true of Kenya at the time. BUT it it is a fact of life for Zimbabwe. You are not allowed to think – do not go to the loo without a government permit.////CRIMSON TAZVINZWA///